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Guanaceví is a small town in northwestern Durango, Mexico. It is a small town with limited tourist appeal, but with a population of about 2,900, it's large enough to provide basic traveler services like gas stations and food.


Pine forests in Guanacevi

Mining and forestry are the traditional industries in this area. The town is surrounded by low-lying mountains covered in pine and spruce forests that still support limited logging operations. A large commercial mining operation, owned by the Canadian mining company Endeavour Silver, is the main industrial facility. Several small-scale mines are operated in areas around the town.

The name of the town means "sight of the iguana", which comes from the form of a nearby hill which is thought to resemble an iguana.

Get in[edit]

Valle del Guadiana runs two buses per day to Guanacevi from Durango. The 5-hour trip costs M$450.

It may be more convenient to rent a car and drive to Guanacevi. I's a 4-1/2 hour drive. From Durango, take MEX 45 north for about 50 km, then take the exit for MEX 23 north. The highway ends in Guanacevi.

Get around[edit]


  • Cave paintings - near Guanacevi in the villages of El Zape and San Miguel


  • Festivals: Day of the Holy Cross is celebrated May 3, and Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe is celebrated December 12. Both days are marked by festivals in town that include matachine dances performed by local Tarahamura indigenous populations.


Local artisans are known for their clay pots and wool blankets.


  • 1 Tacos la Calerita, Barrio de la Calera, +52 6741106764. 08:30 - 00:30 (Sa - Su).
  • 2 Comedor Licha, Patoni, Zona Centro. Only sit-down restaurant in town. Eat here or eat street food.



  • 1 Hotel Real la Plata, Ent. la Real 5, +52 6741015192. Clean, comfortable rooms on main highway, next to bus station.
  • 2 Hotel Concordia, Álvaro Obregón 1, Zona Centro, +52 6741005485. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. Very clean, comfortable, traditional style hotel with rooms set around a central courtyard. Reservations recommended as the hotel is popular and fills early. M$600.

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